Unlocking Equity for Early Stage Entrepreneurs in Africa
In The Press | 15/12/2014
  David Munnich and Hugues Vincent-Genod, Investment Officers at Investisseurs & Partenaires, published an article on the blog managed by Business Fights Poverty, a large network of business and development professionals. The article explores the following issue: is it possible to...

“Entrepreneurs are Transforming Africa”: Tony Elumelu for The Economist
In The Press | 05/12/2014
Tony Elumelu explores the upcoming trends transforming African economy in the special edition “The World in 2015” published annually by The Economist. Because of their “potential to transform society”, Elumelu underlines the crucial political and social role African entrepreneurs will play in the...

Which Energy policies for Sustainable Development? 11th AFD-Proparco-EUDN Conference
News | 03/12/2014
 The 11th conference organized by the AFD (French Development Agency), Proparco and EUDN (European Development Research Network) is held on December 3rd in Paris. The conference focuses this year on the topic of energy, raising the key question: which energy policies for sustainable...

Third Annual I&P's Seminar in Paris
News | 27/11/2014
The annual meeting gathering the entrepreneurs supported by I&P is held on November 27 and 28 in the premises of the Business School HEC Paris. The Seminar focuses this year on a particularly crucial issue for African SMEs: the Management Information System (MIS). This was the opportunity for...

Save the Date : 3rd Africa Finance Conference to be held in February 2015 in Paris
News | 25/11/2014
 Kusuntu-le-Club, Orrick Rambaud Martel and Investisseurs & Partenaires are organizing the third edition of the Africa Finance Conference, entitled “Impact and Returns through Responsible Investments in Corporate Africa”. The conference will be held in Paris on February 12 2015. Visit the...

J.-M. Severino interviewed on Europe 1
In The Press | 22/11/2014
Jean-Michel Severino, CEO of I&P, was interviewed on November 22th on Europe 1 by Anne Sinclair.  An opportunity to review the current political, economical and social changes on the African continent.  Listen to the interview on Europe 1's website      J...

"Collaborating for Social Impact": EVPA Annual Conference
News | 18/11/2014
On November 17th and 18th, EVPA holds its annual conference in Berlin. Under the theme “Collaborating for Social Impact: the Next 10 Years”, the conference covers various topics, from crowdfunding to impact measurement and from exits to government regulations. Olivier Lafourcade, member of the...

IMF Report: Regional Economic Outlook Sub-Saharan Africa
Intelligence & Analysis | 14/11/2014
  The International Monetary Fund published last October its new Regional Economic Outlook, "SubSaharan Africa: Staying the Course". Pierrick Baraton, Impact Assesment Officer at I&P, summarized the report.       Overall, Sub-Saharan Africa still offers...

J.-M. Severino’s Intervention at the Africa SME Champions Forum
News | 11/11/2014
More than 300 African SMEs and 100 representatives of financial institutions are coming together these November 11th and 12th for the Africa SME Champions Forum. Investisseurs & Partenaires’ President, Jean-Michel Severino, takes part to a conference focused on SME’s financing. In a...

SINERGI Niger exits from 2 companies of its portfolio
Entrepreneurs | 10/11/2014
SINERGI is an impact investment company founded in Niger in 2007 by IPDEV. Its investment strategy has been very entrepreneurial: SINERGI invests exclusively in start-ups and early-stage small growing businesses (SGBs), most of which are in formalization or still in the informal sector. Along with...

First reimbursement on Kiva loan from CDS (Mauritania)
Entrepreneurs | 05/11/2014
Kiva users who funded our pilot crowdfunding project received their first reimbursement last week from CDS via I&P Développement. The loan was dedicated to set up new solar water pumps in replacement for old oil-fueled pumps in the southern village of Wolomboni in Mauritania.3 months after the...

ACEP Madagascar and Nutri'Zaza: Main findings of the Impact Evaluation Reports
Entrepreneurs | 31/10/2014
Investisseurs & Partenaires and Planète d'Entrepreneurs have carried two extensive impact studies on two SMES established in Madagascar: Nutri'Zaza and ACEP Madagascar. Read the Repot on Nutri'Zaza (in French)Read the Report on ACEP Madagascar (in French) Nutri'...

The New Africa': the Report published by the Financial Times
In The Press | 30/10/2014
The Financial Times has published early October a series of articles exploring the diverse aspects of Africa’s significant economic growth, that many call ‘Africa Rising’’. As stated in the introduction, “from Senegal to Kenya and from Morocco to Mozambique, Africa is enjoying an era of...

Investisseurs & Partenaires selected for the Impact Assets 50 2014
News | 23/10/2014
Investisseurs & Partenaires is very pleased to announce that it is has been selected this year for the ImpactAssets 50, an annually updated list that has become since its inception in 2011 a highly valuable source of information on the impact investing sector. As the first publicly available...

3 new countries are entering in I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs' portfolio
News | 15/10/2014
IPAE has just made its first disbursements at Trianon in Gabon, Voltacars Rental Services (VRS) in Ghana and the Development Bank of the Comoros (BDC). These three inaugural partnerships in their respective countries broaden the scope of action of Investisseurs & Partenaires in 15...

I&P's October Newsletter is on line
News | 15/10/2014
  Edito Nicholas Colloff, Executive Director of the Argidius Foundation & Randall Kempner, CEO of the Aspen Network of Developement Entrepreneurs (ANDE)   "ANDE and the Argidius Foundation are both active supporters of development entrepreneurs. ANDE contributes to focus...

IPDEV is awarded a €1 million grant from the Argidius-ANDE Finance Challenge
News | 30/09/2014
On the brink of its 1st closing, IPDEV 2 is awarded a 1 million EUR grant from the Argidius-ANDE Finance ChallengeI&P Développement was announced winner of the Argidius-ANDE Challenge and received a 1 million EUR grant at the Annual ANDE Meeting held on 9/29th at Glencove. This challenge awards...

"Measuring impact" a global framing thought on tools and methods
Intelligence & Analysis | 24/09/2014
The Impact Measurement Working Group of the Social Impact Investing Taskforce, established by the G8, launched last week Measuring Impact, a report highlighting key recommendations for the future of impact measurement. The report was launched in conjunction with the overarching Social Impact...

"Revolutionizing access to finance for African SMEs" JM Severino on MFW4A
Intelligence & Analysis | 24/09/2014
"Over the past decade Africa has experienced a 5% growth across the continent. This surprising and spectacular growth attracts investors from around the world. They are both forced to change their perception about what contains profound upheaval, and seduced by what is now considered as...

What conclusions to be drawn from this summer’s US Africa Business Forum?
Intelligence & Analysis | 15/09/2014
On August 5th, U.S. President Barack Obama spoke at what the Washington Post called a “landmark meeting of African leaders” to initiate a renewal in the US/Africa relations. He announced that U.S. businesses intend to invest more than $14 billion in various African sectors. This speech closured a...

3 days and 3 nights to co-create tomorrow' solutions : Convergences 2014
News | 08/09/2014
Chairman of the Convergences annual forum, Jean-Michel Severino was heard as moderator on today's opening conference. This second day of the event broke out with an inspiring gathering of high-level speakers :Bertrand Badré, World Bank's managing director and World Bank group's CFOMonique Barbut,...

"Renewable Energy in African SMEs" A Panorama of 77 Companies in 5 Sub-Saharan Countries
News | 29/07/2014
Etienne Saint-Sernin is an engineer, specialized in renewable energy. His background in the sector includes research and developement, technical support and market consultancy for SMEs, NGOs ans investors, including Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P), both in Europe and Africa.He recently...

I&P's July newsletter is now online
News | 15/07/2014
   Edito: Ann-Katrin DoliumNew investment committee member of the I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs fund specialized in environmental, social and governance impacts "Beyond my duties as Director of Corporate Relations of the Africa/MENA-region in VIGEO I have...

IPAE Annual ESG/Impact Report now Online
News | 04/07/2014
Every year our ESG/Impacts team collects and agregates a series of impact indicators from our I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs portfolio investees (11 companies this year). Collected figures will serve a global study to measure economic, environmental, social and governance impacts generated by our...

"Small and Growing: Entrepreneurship in African Agriculture" A Montpellier Panel Report
Intelligence & Analysis | 01/07/2014
This report was authored by Agriculture for Impact, an advocacy initiative that convenes the Montpellier Panel to encourage better European donor support for the advancement of agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa. The members of the Montpellier panel expose how investment in rural...

"Entrepreneurs are building Africa's future" - Africa In Fact's last issue
Intelligence & Analysis | 16/06/2014
Good Governance Africa's latest newsletter (June 2014) put special highlights on the African entrepreneurs. John Endres, CEO of GGA, signed an edito underlining the fierce committment these entrepreneurs take towards their economic and social context by elavating local standards and challenging...

Growth With Depth - 2014 African Transformation Report by the ACET
Intelligence & Analysis | 03/06/2014
The African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) is an economic institute supporting Africa's long-term growth through transformation. Their vision is that by 2025 all African countries will drive their own growth and transformation agendas, led by the private sector and supported by capable...

Oxus RDC on France 24
Entrepreneurs | 02/06/2014
France 24 shot in Kinshasa this week for a special edition about the entrepreneurship in Democratic Republic of Congo.While the African continent is undergoing a fast-growing economic transformation, DRC still suffers from a strong crisis and struggles for development. On the other hand, foreign...

19% more capital committed to impact investments in 2014 -JP Morgan & GIIN survey
Intelligence & Analysis | 21/05/2014
125 of the world’s largest impact investors, including fund managers, banks, foundations, development finance institutions, and pension funds surveyed by J.P. Morgan and the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) expect to commit 19% more capital to impact investments in 2014 compared to 2013, as...

A 46% increase in capital invested in Emerging Markets over 1 year
Intelligence & Analysis | 19/05/2014
According to EMPEA’s latest industry statistics, private equity firms raised US$6.5 billion through 41 emerging markets funds in the first quarter of 2014, compared to US$8.0 billion in capital raised from the same number of funds in the first quarter of 2013. In Q1 2014, fund managers deployed US$...

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